Suspended for September 2021 entry

This programme has been temporarily suspended for September 2021 entry. You will not be able to apply for this programme at this time.

Reasons to choose the programme

Our programme attracts highly talented students from around the world bringing exciting new ways of thinking to the studio.
You will be supported by a dynamic team of experienced tutors, all of whom are industry practitioners or researchers.
You’ll collaborate with students across ECA, engage with the creative industries and work on live projects for external clients.
If you choose to study our MFA programme, you’ll have the opportunity showcase your work at our annual Degree Show.
You’ll follow in the footsteps of graduates who are highly accomplished, many of whom hold influential roles within the creative industries internationally.


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021.


Our programme encourages its students to take a risk, to test the boundaries of the discipline and push their design ideas beyond personally predetermined limits. The strong international student input at postgraduate level at Edinburgh College of Art, ensures these highly talented individuals bring much experience and encourage wide-ranging thinking to the studio experience. Students will develop an enhanced research and design proposal, culminating in a showcase of their body of work at our annual degree show (for MFA students).

What you will study

Students on the programme are actively encouraged to challenge their existing research and design knowledge and develop new skills and networks within and outwith their subject discipline. Postgraduate students should challenge the status quo, experiment and explore as part of their daily activity. Independent study is paramount yet underpinned by a number of supporting projects, workshops and events. We expect collaboration within the School of Design, with the creative industries and where appropriate with external clients in order that students realise personal and project possibilities to the full. Being part of the University of Edinburgh allows access to collaborations with groundbreaking research projects.

Communication is an essential Graphic Design tool and this is explored at every level through one to one tutoring and seminar presentations. Your ideas will be tested in very public situations - this year on television with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and in the Central Library.

Research environment

Initially students will focus on the research and development of their study proposal. With support from our dynamic team of experienced tutors (all industry practitioners or researchers) students are encouraged to expand on any preconceived ideas and let their findings dictate future development. We expect our postgraduate students to engage in sophisticated design dialogue with tutors as a means of pushing their ideas to reach their full potential. There is a rich hotbed of debate and prototyping before any designs are taken forward into production.


We are committed to providing our students with enhanced career prospects and the ability to achieve at the highest level. Graduates are professionally vital and well-informed, and are able to enter the design industry with a freshness of approach and the flexibility and adaptability to be able to respond to change.

Our graduates work in a wide range of creative career paths. The variety of projects, approaches and opportunities on course enable graduates to apply their knowledge and experience of the design process and their considerable skills onto many disciplines. Typically though our graduates leave to become valuable members of a graphic design agency.

Our extensive links with industry built through industry-led projects and staff research, and our range of visiting speakers, ensures that graduates are aware of the full range of career possibilities and are provided with a strong footing from which to develop their chosen career.

Previous career paths have included experiential design, packaging, advertising, digital design, interaction design, design research, marketing, retail design, exhibition design, multimedia, design management, education. Graduates may freelance or seek employment within a company.

Alumni profiles


Mike Inglis

Lecturer Visual Communication

Postgraduate Programme Director, Graphic Design


Tel: +44 (0)131 650 1000

Facilities and resources

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

A range of printing, photocopying, scanning and related services are available to students to support projects, events and exhibitions.

The printmaking suite provides a host of facilities for traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2021
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086